table cake

Table Cake Recipe

Creating a photo-realistic cake that resembles a wooden table is a challenging yet rewarding task. This project combines the art of baking with the intricacies of cake decorating. It requires patience, precision, and a touch of creativity.

You will be creating a rich, chocolate cake as the base, which will then be sculpted and adorned with fondant to mimic the look of a wooden table. Let’s embark on this delightful journey of transforming simple ingredients into a stunning piece of edible art!

Cake Base

  1. All-Purpose Flour – 3 cups
  2. Granulated Sugar – 2 cups
  3. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – 1/2 cup
  4. Baking Powder – 2 teaspoons
  5. Baking Soda – 1 1/2 teaspoons
  6. Salt – 1 teaspoon
  7. Eggs – 3 large
  8. Milk – 1 1/2 cups
  9. Vegetable Oil – 3/4 cup
  10. Vanilla Extract – 1 tablespoon
  11. Boiling Water – 1 cup

Fondant and Decoration

  1. White Fondant – 2 lbs (for table surface and legs)
  2. Brown Gel Food Coloring – to color fondant for wood effect
  3. Black Gel Food Coloring – for detailing
  4. Cornstarch – for dusting surfaces
  5. Powdered Sugar – for dusting surfaces

Buttercream Frosting

  1. Unsalted Butter – 1 cup (softened)
  2. Powdered Sugar – 4 cups (sifted)
  3. Milk – 2 tablespoons
  4. Vanilla Extract – 1 teaspoon

Tools and Equipment

  1. Rolling Pin – for fondant
  2. Cake Pans – two 9-inch rounds
  3. Fondant Smoother
  4. Paintbrushes – for detailing
  5. Cake Leveler – for trimming cake layers
  6. Offset Spatula – for frosting
  7. Fondant Sculpting Tools


  1. Preparation
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
    • Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
    • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Making the Cake Batter
    • Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla to the flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well combined.
    • Reduce the speed and carefully add boiling water to the cake batter.
    • Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans.
  3. Baking the Cakes
    • Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
    • After baking, remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and cool completely.
  4. Assembling the Base
    • Level the cakes using a cake leveler or a serrated knife.
    • Place one cake layer on a cake board or your serving plate.
    • Spread a layer of buttercream frosting over the first layer.
    • Place the second cake layer on top and apply a thin coat of frosting to the entire cake. This is your crumb coat.
    • Refrigerate the cake for about 30 minutes to set the crumb coat.
  5. Preparing the Fondant
    • Dust a clean surface with a mixture of cornstarch and powdered sugar.
    • Knead the white fondant until pliable.
    • Add brown gel food coloring to a portion of the fondant and knead until you achieve a wood-like color. Keep some white fondant aside for the table legs.
  6. Covering the Cake
    • Roll out the brown fondant to a size large enough to cover the cake.
    • Carefully lift the fondant over the cake and smooth it out, trimming any excess.
  7. Creating the Wood Effect
    • Using black gel food coloring and a paintbrush, add lines and knots to create a realistic wood grain effect.
  8. Making the Table Legs
    • Roll out the white fondant and cut it into long rectangular pieces.
    • Sculpt the pieces into leg shapes and attach them to the sides of the cake.
  9. Final Touches
    • Use fondant sculpting tools for any additional detailing.
    • Allow the cake to set before serving.

Your photo-realistic wooden table cake is now complete! This unique creation is not only a feast for the eyes but also for the palate. Enjoy the admiration and surprise of your guests as they marvel at your confectionery masterpiece.